1/48 Revell Ventura Mk. II
Here’s a few not so great photos of Revell’s 1/48th scale Ventura Mk. II which I completed on Christmas Eve 2017, my final build of the year. It’s a great kit and fun to construct, but it does take up a lot of shelf space and looks like a beached whale compared to the Mosquito it’s sitting next to.
The kit-supplied decals are designed to look faded and are a bit thick, particularly the red lettering. I had a hard time getting them to lay flat and had to use a couple of AeroMaster replacement roundels. Revell did a pretty good job overall on this export version of the Ventura PV-1 – even going so far as to correct the props from that previous release and thankfully included an Eduard canopy mask. The only complaint I have is the almost total lack of detail in the cockpit. FYI: The RAF version only used one steering control column, not two as supplied here. The molded in place seatbelts are a joke. Unless you are looking in with a magnifier and flashlight, it probably doesn’t matter.
Ugly as the Ventura is, this Revell domestic release is a real bargain dollar wise compared to the Revell Germany edition and a delight to build. Looks surprisingly great on the shelf despite its portly appearance. The only non-kit parts I added were Eduard Brassin wheels and a couple of Quickboost exhaust scoops.
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.